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Webinar Software, Services and Resources

Online Webinar Software

There are as many different webinar software and services as there are prices so it makes since to do your due diligence to investigate the different offerings to make sure that you find a service that fills all your needs and expectations. Before you even start looking for a webinar software or service you should sit down and make a list of what you want the technology to accomplish.

Do you need recording ability? Do you need to present a PowerPoint, or share your desktop? Do you want the participants to be able to ask questions easily? What exactly do you want the capabilities of the software to have? Answer these questions then set out on your search. This list is a good place to start, but there are many more companies.

Webex.com — This system is run by Cisco Systems group which is a leading provider of telecommunications hardware systems. Since webex does not require any downloading of large files of software to your computer because they host the service on their own servers. Anyone can be anywhere to host or participate in a webinar using Webex’s service.

You can also have from one to hundreds of participants and presenters. The users experience largely depends on their own Internet connection speed. You can have a white board, show PowerPoint slides, share your screen and more. Prices go from pricing per minute, to a fixed monthly cost starting at 49.00 per host which allows unlimited online meetings up to 25 participants per meeting and many other features such as record and reply, allowing some participants to participate by voice only and it is compatible with Windows, Mac, Wi-Fi and 3G mobile devices. There are larger packages available.

GoToMeeting.com — Developed by Citrix Online this software is pretty simple to use. You simply register an account and then you are authorized to host an unlimited number of online meetings even if the participants do not join GotoMeeting. You do have to download software to your computer, PC or Mac, but it’s easy and they walk you right through it.

The website claims that you need no training for this product. You can share your desktop, even allowing selective users (like your presenters) to run it from their own computers, record, and many other aspects. The cost is 49.00 a month for one host and you can host up to 15 participants per meeting, there are larger packages if you need more through their GoToWebinar plan. Prices are per organizer.

VideoSeminarLive.com — Starting at 99.00 a month per host, allowing unlimited conferences for up to 15 seats and up to 399 a month per host with branding, or paying 10 cents a minute per user, this is a good one to try. You can record, create content, attendees can pay by paypal for paid events, take surveys, and you can record up to 50 hours per month for play back or future sale.

This software works on PC’s and Macs, and only the host needs to download anything as it’s 100 percent browser based for participants. It allows for live feeds, PowerPoint, screen sharing, a white board and much more. Want to offer video conferencing serves to others, no problem, private branding available!

Adobe Acrobat Connect — Polls, PowerPoint, audio, video, whiteboard, Q&A, desktop sharing, it’s all here including the ability to choose your layout for professional branding of your events. Choose the small business plan and you can either pay per use, for .32 cents per minute per user, or you can from 45.00 to 55.00 per month depending if you want to pay up front or monthly. You can have up to 9 host per account and host up to 100 attendees.

Any of these services can offer you what you need to get started with your webinar. All have a free trials and tutorials available as well as 247 technical support for paid members.

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Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Organizing and Planning a Successful Webinar

How to Organize Your First Webinar

Hosting a webinar is a great way to hold meetings off site but they’re also a great way to promote your products, services, and offerings. A webinar is a way to present your products and services without having you or the participants leave home by using specific webinar or conferencing technology.

Webinars are effective because no one has to get on an airplane, so there is no expensive traveling or hotel stays or worry about organizing around food or the comfort of your guests. Instead, with an online webinar you can concern yourself with the content of your webinar presentation and let the guests watch and participate from the comfort of their home.

Important aspects to think about during webinar planning:

Choose your topic– You should at least create an outline at this point of what you want to present the attendees at your webinar. Know what you will present and also what your call to action will be. You can hash it out as time goes on, but have an outline and decide how many people should be presenters and how many people you want to allow to attend.

Choose your presenters — Know who will be your presenters, if there will be more than one presenter, or just you — this is important information to have before choosing technology. Know how long each participant will have to present, making sure they know the time limit, and format, and whether they are allowed to sell or only point to their website for more information.

Choose your technology — Once you know your topic and how many presenters you will have then you will need some web conferencing software which is technology that allows you to have live meetings over the Internet. Your attendees and presenters will log into a secure URL to participate. Some examples are:

o GoToMeeting

o WebEx

o Adobe Acrobat Connect

o Mega Meeting

o Skype

o Megameeting

o and more

Practice makes perfect — Once you have settled on the technology that you will use, practice using it until the day of the webinar. You do not want to try using it the first time the night of the event. Each software is different so you want to be comfortable with your choice. If you do practice you might find that you change your choice of software as you go along.

Make sure that you have practiced possible issues such as guests not being able to sign in, speakers having trouble signing in, sound issues and more. You need to know whether using wireless causes issues and which browser work best with your software of choice this is all in addition to practicing the art of presenting.

Choose marketing channels — Each of your participants should market this webinar through their own lists, put it in their contracts. You should market via your lists too. Start marketing as soon as you have chosen your technology so that people have a chance to read about your event several times. Some possible ways to market are:

o Email Lists

o Article Marketing

o Press Releases

o Pay Per Click

o Traditional Advertising

As you see there is a lot to think about when planning and organizing a webinar to promote your products or services but the benefits will pay off in the end.

 

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Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Webinars Increase Business Profits

 

Webinars Can Increase Your Business Profits

Webinars are fast becoming another avenue of social media marketing that should not be ignored. Webinars are used by large and small businesses alike to expand their reach outside of their four walls and even their country. Aside from the tremendous advantages that webinars offer, such as low cost to entry, extensive reach, and ease of preparation, do you know why it is important that you offer webinars as another aspect of your Internet marketing business?

Like information products, blogs, YouTube videos, and the vast array of other online tools you use, webinars can be an added component of a successful Internet marketing business that can take your business to the next level.

Establish credibility — A well planned, marketed and attended webinar can establish your expertise in your niche faster because when people hear your voice and see your presentation they feel like they get to know you better. They will trust you more and the more trust your market has for you the more they will feel safe enough to open their wallet.

Perform Training — To provide training on your product, software, or information that they might not have completed just by reading your information. Having a live webinar enables them to attend and have the training presented in a way that most people are used to getting taught something — by the teacher or expert. You can offer this webinar training to your buyers and also to people who have not bought. It’s a good way to offer certification to users of your products, software or systems.

Increase your market share — By creating a joint venture (JV) with someone else you can expand your market by sharing resources like e-lists and more. Go into partnership with a competitor, or with someone who offers complementary products to yours and you’ll both reap the rewards. If both of you market to your separate lists your list will grow your market reach and you will tape into new markets that did not previously exist.

Expand your marketing — The main reason you have a business is to make money. Most people present it as freedom, but the truth is money buys freedom, so if you don’t make money in your venture you’re not going to have the freedom you desire. So face it, you want to make money! It’s okay to admit it. (We all want to make money!) By having a webinar as one more element in your marketing mix you will cover all types of learning needs of your target market.

Give them the Wow — Offering your potential clients and customers the Wow will generate more sales and more fans singing your praises. Before you know it, you’ll be asked to participate with other webinars, and you’ll definitely want to keep promoting and offering your own webinars.

It’s clear that over the years webinars have grown and are becoming more popular to businesses large and small, as gas prices and hotel prices rise and as we become more busy and ready for fast methods of learning new information, you should more definitely be part of the growing trend of webinars.

 

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Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Webinars are Great For Launching Your Info Product

 

Why you should have a webinar to launch your information products

Conducting a webinar can be one of many steps toward bringing potential clients into your product funnel, in fact it can be one of the first steps. Like information products, blogs, YouTube videos, and the vast array of other online tools you use, webinars can be an added component of a successful Internet marketing business that can take your business to the next level.

A webinar can seem like a daunting experience but it can create quick fans and buyers of your products if you are seriously about doing them. Since conducting a webinar is something that can be done by almost anyone with very little start up costs it should be one of your first methods of marketing.

The way it works is this: You have created a product or service you want to sell. Then you create some sales pages and normally you start article marketing, blogging, and advertising the sales pages right? This time instead of pointing to your sales page for your product, point them to your sales page for your webinar where you will tell them about your exciting, life changing new product or service.

You can give the webinars free, or you can charge, it is fully up to you. Many people choose to charge a dollar or two in order to not waste time on people who will not show up since space is limited this might be a good method to employ. If you already have a membership website you can offer discounts to members, and price up for non members. This is a good way to cross promote your membership program.

Next thing you will do is create your programming for the webinar. Some possibilities are that you will discuss the problems that the new product will solve for the participants, you will answer questions, you will interact and converse over the course of the webinar which will last about an hour. The webinar will not be a hard selling session so you will be comfortable and feel at ease because you’re not selling, you’re informing, you’re solving a problem, and you’re giving them important information that they can use.

At the very end of the webinar you will tell them about your product and send them to a sales page with a coupon code since they attended your webinar, and then you’ll sit back and watch the sales come in. Sounds great doesn’t it?

But the answer to the question of why isn’t really clear is it? The answer to why is because by adding webinars to your social marketing mix you will establish a connection with the participants that you would not have otherwise. They will be more likely to buy your product or service this way because they will not feel sold to. Online customers are street smart and cannot be fooled by snazzy tricks, and with a webinar, there are no snazzy tricks involved, it’s just you and your clients or potential clients. They will trust you because you have given valuable information or training in the webinar that they can use with or without your product or service — your service just makes it a bit easier for them.

 

Get started putting together your first webinar.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.